December 11 Prep Roundup

North Florida Matmen staff report

BRUNSWICK, GA — Yulee opened its 2018-19 dual season with a short hop over the state line Tuesday night.

The Hornets traveled up I-95 to Brunswick to face off against host Glynn Academy in a tri-meet, in which Wayne County (GA) also competed.

Yulee handled business against Wayne, rolling to a 60-18 victory, but Glynn was another story, matching the Hornets win for win. In the end, the Terrors had maximum points at each of their victories, while Yulee was one short, leading to a 42-41 Glynn Academy victory.

In the Wayne dual, Yulee got falls from Bryce Bees (126), Orion Duffy (132), Aston Ricks (138), Jesse Johnson (145), David Wyatt (152), Christopher Francis (170), Kevin Beverly (182), Bradley Durrance (220) and Nathanael Lowe (285).

Against Glynn, Yulee got pins from Andrew Killmeyer (120), Christian Langborgh (126), Ricks, Beverly and Grayson Pope (285), while Duffy took a 15-0 tech fall at 132.

Yulee is off until Friday, when the Hornets will travel to Ridgeview for the two-day Panther Prowls tournament.

Spanish Fort ALA 52, Milton 24: At Milton, the hosts (0-2) picked up five wins, but could not hold off the Alabama visitors.

Trevin Penn (126) and Daniel McDonal (170) each won by fall for the Panthers. Brandon Nicholson (138) added a 7-5 decision and Alec Cavazos (285) edged his Spanish Fort opponent, 2-1.

Milton goes right back into host mode tonight with a home dual against district rival Tate.

Mosley vs. Bay: This was scheduled to be an in-school dual on Tuesday afternoon. We are still chasing on this one.

Complete results from these duals can be found here.

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#NextLevel: December 7-8 Results

North Florida Matmen staff report

PROVIDENCE, RI — Host Johnson & Wales used the power of bonus points to hold off Coast Guard, 22-15, on Friday night.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 16-0 lead before Coast Guard rallied with four decisions from 149 through 174.

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Paul Detwiler

However, the streak stopped at 184, where Coast Guard freshman Paul Detwiler (Fleming Island ’18) fell in sudden victory to the hosts’ Khamri Thomas, 3-1, and the Johnson & Wales 197’s victory effectively clinched the dual.

Dewtwiler would fare better, as would his team, on Saturday at Worcester, MA, as Coast Guard hammered Castleton, 37-14.

At 184, Detwiler recorded a second-period fall in 4 minutes, pinning Castleton’s Alexander Green to push the Bears’ lead out to double digits.

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Corey Van Dorn

Doane Open: At Crete, NE, Corey Van Dorn (Orange Park ’14) competed in the 184-pound bracket for Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday, going 5-2 on the weekend and placing sixth. Van Dorn won his opening-round match, 6-3, over unattached wrestler Tanner Mendoza, falling in the round of 16, 3-2 to Jamestown ND’s Matt Hernandez. On the back side, Van Dorn pinned Barton CC’s Joey Ewalt in consi round 2 in 2:35, then decisioned former Manatee wrestler Charles Small of NW Kansas Tech in consi round 3, 8-5. In consi round 4, Van Dorn won by medical forfeit over teammate JJ Clark, then pinned Grand View’s Ethan Leighton in 1:57 to earn a top-six finish. He fell to teammate Michael Lambert, 3-1, in the consi semis.

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Zach Ford

Rhode Island tri-meet: Southern Maine visited Rhode Island College, taking a 26-18 victory over the Anchormen on Saturday. Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13) started at 157, falling 10-8 to the visitors’ Brendan Weir.

Ford and his teammates were more successful later in the afternoon against Plymouth State, rolling to a 48-2 victory. Ford defeated Plymouth’s Billy Dunn by a 6-2 count, competing again at 157.

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Charlie Bruce Recap: Pace, Gulf Breeze Go 1-2

North Florida Matmen staff report

FULTONDALE, ALA — The two-day Charlie Bruce Memorial Duals were staged in Alabama. A significant majority of the teams were from Alabama.

But the last two teams standing at the conclusion of the weekend were Sunshine State through and through.

After dominating their way through their pools, both Pace and Gulf Breeze advanced to the championship match of the tournament with semifinal dual victories over a sixth Alabama opponent.

Then, in the final, it was the Patriots that continued to have their way, rolling past the 2A Dolphins, 52-24, for the title.

Pace got falls in the championship from Atticus Waters (113), Tyler Tran (126), Seth O’Gara (132), Kishma Davis (152), Nate Golmon (160), John Gunther (182), Wyatt Dillion (195) and Cameron Goodenow (285), plus a major decision from Ethan Billhimer (138).

The Dolphins picked up falls from Max Kronlage (106), Phillip Frazetta (170) and Kyler Vonarb (220), plus decisions from Ian Daily at 120 and Sean Jones at 145.

But, earlier in the tournament, both teams were enjoying an equal amount of success.

Pace finished the weekend with three unbeaten wrestlers. Billhimer (132/138) had three pins and a major, while Davis (152) had four pins and a decision and Golmon (160/170) had five pins and a decision. All three were 7-0.

Three additional Patriots were 6-1. Waters had four pins and a major at 113, while Derrick Lancero (120) had 3 pins, two majors and a decision. Gunther (182/195, had six pins). Seth O’Gara (132/138) was 5-2 with three pins, while Tyler Tran (126) and Wyatt Dillion (195/220) each contributed four wins in the tournament.

For Gulf Breeze, Daily was the only unbeaten wrestler, going 7-0 with two pins, a tech fall, a major and a decision.

Four Dolphins had just one loss on the day. At 6-1 were Kronlage (106, 4 pins), Calvin Malo (152, 4 pins) and Austin Earle (182, 6 pins), while Kyler Vonarb (220, 4 pins & decision) was 5-1.

Sean Jones (145, 3 pins & decision), Hunter Dupont (160, 3 pins & injury default) and Samuel Rosenbalm (195, 2 pins & decision) each were 5-2. Kelly Scanlon (126), Dylan Lawrence (138) and Cameron Anderson (285) all had four wins each for Gulf Breeze.

Pace blew through Pool 1 with a 5-0 record. They did have a tight first-round pool dual with Jasper, winning that one by a 42-40 count, with pins from Waters, Lancero, Billhimer, Davis and Gunther. Things were easier against Carver, Birmingham, in a 78-3 victory. Waters, Lancero, Joseph Cortez (145), Golmon, Gunther (at 195 this time), Dillion (at 220) and Michael Poole (at 285) had pins in that one. The Patriots then took down Minor, 48-33, with falls from Lancero, O’Gara (at 138), Golmon, Gunther and Poole.

Round 4 saw the Patriots edge past McAdory, 40-36, with Waters, Billhimer (at 132), Davis and Golmon (at 170) winning by fall and Lancero taking a 19-6 major. The final pool dual was much easier, a 61-9 win over Leeds, with Tran, O’Gara, Davis, Golmon, Gunther and Goodenow winning by pin, Lancero with a 10-0 major and Cortez with a 9-5 win. In the tournament semifinal, Pace defeated Pool 2 champ Moody, 38-34, with Billhimer (at 138), Gunther, Dillion and Goodenow winning by fall and Lancero (3-0 at 120), Davis (9-2 at 152) and Golmon (8-3 at 160) earning decisions.

Gulf Breeze was only challenged once in winning Pool 4. First up was a 77-6 rout of East Limestone, with Scanlon, Lawrence, Frazetta, Earle and Vonarb all winning by pin, while Daily had a tech fall. The Dolphins fielded a partial team against “Team X,” a mixture of extra kids from other teams in the field. Kronlage, Sean Jones, Malo, Dupont, Earle and Rosenbalm all had pins in the victory. The Dolphins then shut out Satsuma, 78-0, behind falls from Daily, Scanlon, Lawrence, Sean Jones, Malo, Earle, Rosenbalm and Vonarb.

Springville actually scored double digits in round 4 against Gulf Breeze in a 63-18 Dolphins victory. Kronlage, Daily, Scanlon, Lawrence, Sean Jones, Malo, Dupont, Earle, Vonarb and Anderson all had pins, while Rosenbalm won with an 8-2 decision. The last match was Gulf Breeze’s closest win, a 42-33 victory over Hayden. Skyler Jones (132), Malo, Dupont and Earle all won with pins, while Lawrence (9-7) and Vonarb (3-2) took decisions. In the semifinals, Gulf Breeze defeated Pool 3 champion Clay Chalkville, 46-35. Kronlage, William Barretta (113) and Earle each had pins, while Daily picked up an 8-0 major.

While Pace and Gulf Breeze enjoyed a great deal of success in southern Alabama this past weekend, a short-handed North Bay Haven side had some team struggles in Pool 2, going 0-5 in duals there. The Buccaneers fell to Moody (63-18), Homewood (52-6), Thomasville (57-24), host Fultondale (53-24) and Corner (60-16), all Alabama teams. North Bay Haven also picked up a sixth extra dual on Satruday, wrestling Carver out of Birmingham.

Against Moody, Lucas Biddle (106) and Hunter Malone (182) had falls, while Orlando Trevino (120) scored the Buccaneers’ only points in the Homewood dual, with a fall. Malone had a second fall in the loss to Thomasville and a third in the loss to Fultondale. An extra wrestler, Pace’s Bryce Tressler, had a major decision for NBH in the dual against Corner.

Three North Bay Haven wrestlers — Lucas Biddle (106/113), Isaac Biddle (106/113) and Malone (182/195) — were 4-2 on the weekend.

Complete local results for this tournament can be found here.

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Westside Kiwanis Recap: First IBT Title For Pankey, Buchholz

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Buchholz wrestlers and coaches celebrate their first team IBT title under coach Billy Pankey on Saturday at the Westside Kiwanis Invitational, hosted by Bishop Snyder (Photo submitted by Billy Pankey via Facebook).

By SHANNON HEATON
North Florida Matmen

JACKSONVILLE — Buchholz has known its share of wins.

Just check the T-shirts that the Bobcats wear, noting a string of “Cities” championships have secured as Gainesville city champions over the past several years. And they’ve won a duals tournament under coach Billy Pankey, taking the Showdown at O-Town title in Oviedo a couple of years back.

But winning an IBT-formatted tournament? That milestone had yet to be accomplished in Pankey’s tenure.

Saturday, it was accomplished, as the Bobcats won back-to-back-to-back-to-back weight class titles from 170 through 220 pounds, with 10 medalists in all, to claim first place in the Westside Kiwanis Invitational with 233 points.

“It’s special any time you win,” Pankey said at Bishop Snyder High School late Saturday afternoon after the conclusion of the tournament. “It’s a big deal no matter what. You train and bust your hump to win. It’s a good group. There’s no knuckleheads in this group. Every match is a lesson, every practice is a lesson.

“And I didn’t really think today that we wrestled up to our potential. We’ve got a lot to get better at, but it’s better to learn lessons when you’re winning rather than when you’re losing. We have big goals to accomplish this year.”

Buchholz outpointed Nease, 233-188, for the team title. The St Johns Panthers had three champs and eight medalists on the day. After losing to Bishop Kenny in a midweek dual, Fletcher came back to surpass the Crusaders on Saturday, taking third, 147-125.5, with seven medalists, while Bishop Kenny had six, with both securing one title. Westside held off Middleburg, 116-107, for fifth, with both teams grabbing four medals, though the Broncos had one champ.

First Coast edged 3A-District 1 rival Oakleaf, 98-97, for seventh place, with both teams taking one title. West Nassau was ninth with 69.5 points and one champ, followed by Bolles (59), host Bishop Snyder (57), Atlantic Coast (50.5), Episcopal (48, with one champ), Pedro Menendez (43), Ed White (29) and Keystone Heights (16).

Below follows a recap of each weight class, complete with interviews with all 14 champions found here:

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Trevion Demus, Nease

106 — Nease’s Tre Demus opened with a tough 10-8 decision over Buchholz’s Aiden Moore in the quarters, then picked up two falls on Saturday, 2:52 over Atlantic Coast’s Cameron Courtenay in the semis, then a pin in 4:35 over Bolles’ Jacob Witt (2 decisions prior to final). Demus led 4-2 after one period, 6-4 after two, countering a Witt shot and putting Witt in harm’s way with that counter. “It feels better having family (older brother DeAndre, more on him in a bit),” Demus said. “Last year, I still had my team and my family, but he’s brought more into it, and he’s shown me a lot. It’s great to win, I’m excited, it’s a fresh new start to the season.” Moore won four matches on the backside to come back for third place, falling Bishop Kenny’s Ryan Mayer in 2:04 in the place match.

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Kyle Hopkins, Episcopal

113 — After a 2017-18 season that didn’t end the way he’d wanted, Episcopal’s Kyle Hopkins pinned his way through the Kiwanis bracket, falling three fellow placers to win the title. In the finals, against Bishop Kenny’s Reilly Gentges (tech and forfeit prior to final), Hopkins jumped out to a 6-2 lead after one period, picking off the fall at 2:50, not quite partway through the second. “Feels good to be back, nice to be healthy,” Hopkins said. “The whole reason I went 113 (again) is that I have something I have to prove. I look forward to winning it. Last year…it was a mis-representation of my school, that’s not me, that’s not my school. It was a learning experience, glad to learn it now. I’m wrestling with a clear head.” Middleburg’s Riley Girgis, who’d lost by fall to Hopkins in the semis, had two pins in the consi rounds to take third, pinning Westside’s Jacare Johnson in 2:04.

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Jason Schwartz, First Coast

120 — First Coast senior Jason Schwartz — who was third at Kiwanis at 113 last year — broke open a 2-2 tie with Nease’s Jalon Lumar (2 pins and decision prior to final) with a technical-violation point in his favor, followed by a big reversal in the final 30 seconds of the match, securing a 5-3 victory after winning by pin and by decision earlier in the tournament. “It’s awesome to get this win, but the work’s just starting. I’ll go into the practice room (on Monday) with the mindset that this never happened,” Schwartz said. “Just came down to preparations and mindset. I knew it would be tight. Go out with confidence, since my coaches have confidence in me.” In a matchup of 2017 runners-up, Pedro Menendez’s RJ Iglesias (2nd at 120 last year) majored Oakleaf’s Abdiert Escobar (2nd at 113 last year), 13-5, for third place.

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Gavin Riccobono, Nease

126 — After recording three pins earlier in the tournament, Nease’s Gavin Riccobono scored all three of his points in the finals against Buchholz’s Bryan Perkins (3rd in 2016 at 106, 2 pins & decision prior to final) in the final 20 seconds, with an escape that tied the match at 1-1, securing a takedown with four seconds left in a 3-1 victory. “It was a huge decision. I had to weigh all the pros and cons, and I still miss my brothers and wish them the best of luck,” said Riccobono who transferred from Ponte Vedra to Nease for this year. “That was one of my most favorite wins of all time. I loved it; wins like this, that’s why I love this sport.” Westside’s Seth Britton, who lost by fall Friday night to Riccobono, came back to finish third behind four consi-round falls, the last of those over 2017 4th-place finisher (at 126) JP Villanueva of host Bishop Snyder.

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DeAndre Hayden, Nease

132 — A Kiwanis champion in 2015, Nease’s DeAndre Hayden hadn’t been back since his freshman year, but made up for lost time, with two solid majors on Friday and Two first-period falls on Saturday, the second of those needing just 29 seconds to secure the pin against Bishop Kenny’s Daniel Maher (major/pin/decision prior to final). “It’s a great feeling to be back,” Hayden said. “It’s my last year, want to give it 100% and be the best I can this year. Hardest part was getting back into it (after injury), getting used to the motions, getting back in shape after a long break. It feels good, coming back and winning, but I still have stuff to work on.” Oakleaf’s Logan Gilbert, who’d lost by fall to Hayden in the semis, came back with two pins in the consis, falling West Nassau’s Anthony Neely in 2:45 in the third-place match.

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Storm Mercado, Middleburg

138 — Middleburg’s Storm Mercado (2 pins & major prior to final) was a 2016 placer at Kiwanis (3rd at 132), and nearly had to settle for a runnerup spot after giving up an early five-point move in the finals to Nease’s Sean Arnold (3 first-period falls prior to final), but a late takedown in the second and early reversal in the third was enough momentum for Mercado to secure his first varsity IBT title with a 6-5 win. “Just stay aggressive, like my coaches keep saying,” Mercado said of his keys to coming back. “I won a small JV tournament my sophomore year, this is my first (varsity) IBT. Just keep progressing in practice, taking it one meet at a time. My teammates have been really great over the years. We always push ourselves in pratice, and in the classroom too.” Buchholz’s Hunter Griffin, who’d lost 15-1 to Mercado in the semis, came back to take third, with a fall and then a 4-2 decision over district rival Tyler Dalldorf for third place.

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David Parkes, Oakleaf

145 — Oakleaf’s David Parkes (runnerup at 132 last year) had a 7-2 decision over Fletcher’s Douglas Tappin in the round of 16, plus two pins prior to his finals matchup against Middleburg’s Chris Burch (3 pins prior to final). Burch had the momentum through the first two periods, using his advantage on the feet to pick up two takedowns and build a 5-0 lead, but Parkes chose top to start the third period, threw in a powerful leg ride and power-halfed Burch over for a fall in 4:57. “I know he’s a very good wrestler, but power half’s my main thing,” Parkes said. “Just have to make sure I don’t get too high. He had pinned a few of these guys, so this win gives me some confidence; it’s going to be a tough district and region.” Three-time Kiwanis placewinner DeAngelo Fletcher of Buchholz, who’d lost by fall in the semis to Burch, had a pin and 2-0 decision in the third-place match over Fletcher’s Douglas Tappin.

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Joey Cusick, Bishop Kenny

152 — The final between 2018 1A state placer Joey Cusick of Bishop Kenny (3 falls in 1:38 prior to final) and 2017 2A state qualifier and Coker signee Jacob Satterfield of Nease (3 pins in 2:59 prior to final) was one of the most pointed-to in the tournament, and the first period didn’t disappoint, as the wrestlers were tied at 4-all after a wild two minutes. But Satterfield was forced to retire with a leg issue — he’d battled injuries most of last year — giving Cusick the victory by injury default. “Really not to happy with the performance, overall; I’ve got a lot to work on, but I got the win,” Cusick said. Another Kiwanis three-time placer from Buchholz, Billy Green-Church (runnerup at 120 in 2016, 2nd at 145 last year), who’d lost by fall in the round of 16 to Satterfield Friday night, won four matches on the back side to take third, majoring Fletcher’s Tyson Petrie, 9-1, in the place match.

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Requan Works, West Nassau

160 — In the first final of the tournament that matched up two placewinners, West Nassau’s Requan Works (tech/major/fall prior to final, 3rd at 152 last year) secured takedowns in the first and third periods over Buchholz’s Tracen Ransdell (runnerup at 160 last year, 2 pins & decision prior to final), riding Ransdell out for a 5-1 decision and the championship. “I was wrestling stronger, heavier kids, the whole offseason,” Works said. “Just trying to get stronger, keep my endurance up and maintain weight. We’re on to county next, and it was great to win last year after being at a school that hadn’t won it in 12 years.” Westside’s Angelo Philpot, a champion last year at 152 who fell, 4-2, to Ransdell in the semis, had two pins to place third, falling Middleburg’s Bryce Williams in 3:17 in the third-place match.

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Matt Vann, Buchholz

170 — In the first weight class with four first-time placewinners since 113, Buchholz’s Matt Vann (2 pins & major prior to final) — a transfer from Vero Beach — jumped out to a 7-0 first-period lead over Fletcher’s Joel Rodriguez (2 pins & decision prior to final). While Vann ultimately did enough in that first period to bottle up Rodriguez and secure the win, the gap did close, as Rodriguez had two third-period takedowns before time expired in a 9-5 Vann victory. “It’s a different way of living, and definitely the area is different; I was 10 minutes from the beach before and now it’s a couple hours,” Vann said of the move northwest to Gainesville. “But my teammates have definitely helped me get better, and I’ve never been part of a team victory before. Amazing feeling.” Bishop Kenny’s Nolan Scheets, who’d lost 11-1 to Vann in the semis, came back to take third, with a 6-0 decision and fall in the third-place match (2:04) over Nease’s Kirill Kim.

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Armando Acosta, Buchholz

182 — Buchholz’s Armando Acosta made the finals for the third time in three years (finalist at 182 in 2016, champion at 182 last year), with two pins prior to the final, where he faced First Coast’s Devante Wyatt (4th at 170 last year, 3 pins in 2:27 prior to the final). Acosta controlled the past throughout, scoring in each period to take a 10-3 win for his second Kiwanis title. “Really nice to get to the finals for the third year. I’m a little mad about how I performed because I was a little sloppy,” Acosta said. “It’s amazing. Wrestled since sixth grade and never had a team win a tournament like this. Glad to get a team trophy.” Bishop Kenny’s Michael Alvarez, who lost by fall in 1:10 in the semis to Acosta, came back to take third place, with a fall and then a win by DQ in the third-place match over Ed White’s Jaison Patterson.

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Lawrence Smith-Jackson, Buchholz

195 — Like Acosta, Buchholz’s Lawrence Smith-Jackson was gunning for his second title (champion at 195 last year, 3 pins prior to the final), facing off against Fletcher’s Michael Strong (3 pins in 2:37 prior to final). In a battle of pin streaks, it would be Smith-Jackson’s that survived, as he picked up his fourth fall in 1:24, as he ran the table in 6:55 on Friday and Saturday. “Different (than last year),” Smith-Jackson said of winning for a second time. “I prepared a lot of the summer. I just have to keep wrestling, not stop, get into condition. It’s a good start. I feel pretty good about it…I have to do (more) work on top and bottom.” Bishop Snyder’s Thomas Graden, who lost by fall to Strong in the quarters, had three pins and a decision on the back to take third, the Cardinals’ highest finish on the weekend. He pinned Pedro Menendez’s Dane Litzinger in 39 seconds in the place match.

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Nevan Burney, Buchholz

220 — A back-and-forth third period between Buchholz’s Nevan Burney (4th at 220 last year, 3 pins prior to final) and Fletcher’s Ethan Hollenbach (3 pins prior to final) led to Burney getting a late score, which was enough for him to hold on for a 5-4 decision and the Bobcats’ fourth consecutive weight class. “Feels very good, but I’m very tired,” Burney said after the dual. “Just wanted it (the takedown), and I just got it. It’s a lot of relief. It feels great (winning the team title as well as individual). Love my teammates.” Bolles’ David Adewale, who lost by fall to Hollenbach in the semis, came back with two pins in the wrestlebacks, the second of those in 4:14 in the third-place match over Oakleaf’s Gabe Hecht.

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Stanley Hollenbach, Fletcher

285 — Fletcher’s Stanley Hollenbach powered through the bracket with three pins, the last of those in the final over Atlantic Coast’s Dave Petit (2 pins prior to final) in 2:54 for the title. “(Last year) told me I could be a state placer. Losing (a year ago) to the state champ, told me I could definitely place,” Hollenbach said. “Our guys this year, we didn’t have a couple of weights and we gave up 36 points at Bishop Kenny. Four people missed weight, so that’s something that we have to do (to accomplish our goals).” Westside’s Ray Bolden, who pushed Hollenbach into the third period in the semis, came back to finish third with a pin and default over Nease’s Jacob Rivera in the third-place match.

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Matanzas Recap: Host Pirates Rip Through Field

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Matanzas brings home first place at its own one-day dual tournament on Saturday, going undefeated (Photo submitted to Twitter via @MatanzasWrst).

North Florida Matmen staff report

PALM COAST — Matanzas sustained no loss in momentum from the close of a 2017-18 season that saw the Pirates take the 2A-Region 1 title in late February.

Saturday, the Pirates burst out of the chute — after a midweek win over Atlantic — adding five more victories to the hopper with a title effort at the six-team Matanzas Duals tournament on Saturday.

Matanzas rolled past first-year program Mainland of Daytona Beach (81-0), Wolfson (69-12), Creekside (54-22) and Bartram Trail (57-20) among Florida teams, then stopped visiting Valdosta GA, 42-30, in the final dual of the day.

The Pirates had four wrestlers go 5-0 on the course of the day. Lawrence Russo (132, 4 pins), Josh Bower (138, 3 pins) and Quenteen Robinson (170, 2 pins) all scored maximum points for Matanzas, while Griffin Wilder (145) had 2 pins, a decision and win by injury-default for the Pirates.

Shaun Culbreth (113, 2 pins), Caleb Bower (126, 3 pins), Ian Eckert (152, 4 pins) and Christian Zaborowski (195, pin) all were 4-1, as was the 182 combo of Tyrel Scheltz and Sean LeBeau, while Ethan Goodman (120), Sam Russo (160) and Cecil Bermudez (220) each contributed three wins.

Against Mainland, pins were secured by Goodman, Lawrence Russo, Josh Bower, Eckert, Sam Russo, Scheltz, Zaborowski and Bermudez, while Wilder won by injury-default and Alex Licul (285) took a decision victory.

The Wolfson dual saw Caleb Bower, Eckert, LeBeau and Bermudez all win by fall, with Goodman earning a decision. Culbreth, Caleb Bower, Lawrence Russo, Wilder, Eckert, Sam Russo, Robinson and Licul all won by fall against Creekside.

In the Bartram Trail victory, Culbreth, Goodman, Caleb Bower, Lawrence Russo, Josh Bower, Eckert, Robinson and LeBeau all won by fall, with Wilder taking a double-overtime victory. Finally, against Valdosta, Lawrence Russo, Josh Bower and Wilder all had pins.

Below follows a recap on the other three north Florida varsity teams competing in the tournament on Saturday (we wrote separately about Valdosta here):

Creekside: The Knights were 3-2 on the day (Creekside and Wolfson are scheduled to wrestle later this month, and therefore did not wrestle on Saturday, facing a Matanzas B squad instead in the first round, with a 60-24 victory. The Knights then fell to Valdosta (44-30) and Matanzas, rallying for wins past Mainland (77-6) and Bartram Trail (46-33). Colin Brown (120, 2 pins & 2 decisions) and Trey Chesser (195/220, 2 pins/tech/major) were both 5-0 on the day. Bryan McKnight (220/285, 3 pins) was 4-1, while Cody Smith (106), Hunter England (113), Jose Barrera (145), Antonio Carter (170) and Caleb Dickens (182) all had three wins on the day.

In the first dual of the day against the Matanzas B side, Hunter England (113), Michael Galiani (132), Jake Summers (138), Barrera, Chesser and Noah Stone (285) all had pins. Brown and Barrera each won by decision in the loss to Valdosta, with Smith and McKnight both taking falls over Matanzas. Chesser had a major decision in that dual, while Brown and Dickens both won by decisions. Against Mainland, Colin Brown, Barrera, Hunter Brown (152), Dickens, Cheeser, McKnight and Stone all won by fall, with Jalen Hines taking a tech at 160 and Galiani winning by injury-default. Finally, against Bartram Trail, Smith, England, Colin Brown, Hunter Brown, Carter and McKnight (at 285) all had pins, with Chesser winning by tech fall at 220.

Bartram Trail: The Bears started off with a solid 42-39 win over Valdosta, overcoming a substantial early deficit. Bartram then rolled past Mainland, 69-12, and Wolfson, 54-24, before facing off against Matanzas and Creekside to close out the day. Joseph Governara (138/145, pin & decision) and Luis Parrales (160, pin & 2 decisions) both were 4-1 on the day, while Nicholas Vugman (138/145, pin) was 3-1. Mason Mayer (126/132, 2 pins & decision), Jerry Gomer (126/132, decision), Zach Motford (170/182) and Dominick Fields (182/195, 3 pins) all had three wins for Bartram Trail.

Against Valdosta, Gregory Memory (120), Vugman (at 138) and Governara (at 145) all won by pins, while Memory, Parrales, Fields (at 182), Clarke Hamilton (220) and Philip Burnett (285) all won by fall and Mason Mayer (at 132) took a decision in the Mainland victory. Fields and Logan Wylie (220) had pins in the dual win over Wolfson, with Hamilton, Burnett and Vincent DeLeo (106) pinning against Matanzas and Parrales winning by decision in that dual. In the final dual of the day against Creekside, Mayer and Fields each won by fall, while Gomer, Governara and Parrales all taking decisions.

Wolfson: The Wolfpack went 1-3 on the day, taking substantial dual losses against more-experienced competition until the final round when Wolfson faced off against Mainland. In that dual, the Wolfpack allowed just one contested loss, winning via criteria, 37-36, with most pins. Wolfson had just seven kids in the lineup on the day. Three of those — Andrew Harbin (106, 2 pins), Aries Fahnbulleh (120, 3 pins) and Christian Macauley (285, 3 pins) each were 3-1, while Christian Frison (152) and Elijah Galarza (182) both contributed two wins.

In the dual against Matanzas, Wolfson’s points came on falls by Harbin and Macauley at the bookends, while Fahnbulleh and Frison joined the bookenders with pins against Bartram Trail. Fahnbulleh was the only Wolfpack wrestler to pick up a contested win against Valdosta, with a pin, with Frison, Galarza, Macauley and Fahnbulleh all taking pins against Mainland.

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Barbara Pill Recap: FPC 1-3 Duals, 10th IBT

North Florida Matmen staff report

PALM BAY — The Barbara Pill Memorial tournament at Bayside High has a unique format in that it has duals on Friday and an IBT on Saturday.

It’s almost unique to the geographic area, as Palm Bay HS runs its annual Ships N Duels in the same way (Editor’s Note: Wakulla is incorporating a duals component this season).

Flagler Palm Coast made the short drive down to I-95 to compete in the Barbara Pill this past weekend, and the young Bulldog squad might have to take a little longer to get used to the format.

On Friday, FPC went 1-3 in the duals portion of the tournament, with a 48-33 victory over Titusville and losses to Palm Bay (62-18), Eau Gallie (39-36) and Atlantic (45-30).

Then, on Saturday, the Bulldogs had a mid-pack finish in the IBT part of the tournament, taking 10th out of 19 teams with 64 points. FPC did finish ahead of Eau Gallie (which was 12th) in the tournament component.

Friday night, Flagler Palm Coast had two unbeaten wrestlers, as AJ Cinelli had three pins at 285 on a 4-0 night, while Timothy King (138/145) was 3-0, with a pin and decision. Joseph Rizzo (113) and Kenneth DeFord (138/145, 2 pins) were both 3-1.

The Cinelli brothers made the 285-pound weight class their own private tournament on Saturday, as AJ and Martin Cinelli went 1-2. AJ shut out two opponents with a 10-0 major and 4-0 decision to reach the final, while Martin had two pins. In the final, though, it would AJ that had the fall, in 50 seconds.

DeFord took third at 138, with a 2-1 tournament that included two falls, the second in 2:15 over Melbourne’s William Scholl in the third-place match. Logan Johnson (106) and Seth Davis (220) were both 2-2 in their brackets, both with a pin and forfeit, and both placed seventh.

Complete results for the Flagler Palm Coast duals can be found here. Complete IBT results can be found here.

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Weeki Wachee Recap: Gainesville 1-7

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WEEKI WACHEE — Giving up four forfeits, particularly against experienced teams with a full set of weight classes, is a tall order for most teams.

It made for a tall order for Gainesville this past weekend at the Weeki Wachee Duals, as the Hurricanes opened the 2018-19 season with a 1-7 record over the course of the two-day duals tournament.

Gainesville’s lone wins came against Central (Brooksville) by a 42-15 count. Like the Hurricanes, that team was dealing with partial lineup difficulties.

The losses came against pretty solid teams in west-central Florida — Villages (54-18), Belleview (54-24), Strawberry Crest (48-21), the host Hornets (78-6), Sunlake (40-36), Lecanto (66-18) and Nature Coast (54-30).

“Individually, we did pretty good. As a team, though, there’s more to be had,” Gainesville coach Patrickk McDonald said via email on Saturday to Matmen. “We wrestled to our abilities, and that’s what’s most important. But we have got to get everyone at the right place in our lineup.”

Bronson Carter (170/182) was the Hurricanes’ top performer over the course of the weekend, going 5-2 with four pins. Alexis Felix (106), Jonte’ Criswell (170/182) and Gregory Milinkovic (285) each had four wins for Gainesville.

Gainesville had three wins, two contested, in the dual against Villages, as Carter and Criswell took pins. Logan Fernandez-Smith (152), Antonio Malo (160) and Milinkovic each had falls against Belleview.

In the victory over Central, the Hurricanes were fueled by four forfeit victories, as Nicholas Hanson (152), Carter and Milinkovic each won by pin, but only Carter was able to put points on the board for Gainesville against Weeki Wachee, with a fall. Malo (fall) and Hanson (145, decision) were the only winners in contested matches in the Hurricanes’ dual against Strawberry Crest.

Gainesville rode five forfeits to its victory over Sunlake, but struggled against Lecanto, with just three wins — all by pin from Felix, Carter and Milinkovic. Felix, Lewis Williams (113) and Fernandez-Smith (this time at 160) won by pin against Nature Coast.

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